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#1 EFS

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:51 AM

I have the following entries in my Registry - are they MALWARE or Legitimate?
I used HijackThis to produce this list:
O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [AntiVirus Manager] c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-21-2930469277-794186364-2104935085-1010\..\RunServices: [AntiVirus Manager] c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe (User 'Dave')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [AntiVirus Manager] c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\RunServices: [AntiVirus Manager] c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [AntiVirus Manager] c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe (User 'Default user')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\RunServices: [AntiVirus Manager]

The program antivirusmanager.exe shows up in the StartUp tab in MSCONFIG. It used to be checked, but I unchecked it after seeing reports that it was perhaps malware. Somehow, it "re-checked" itself to run for one of the other uses on my XP. I have unchecked again. I seem to experience problems switching users (computer is "locked") when this is checked in the StartUp.

Any thoughts? Thank you very much.....EFS

{Mod Edit: Moved to more appropriate forum~boopme}

Edited by boopme, 14 December 2007 - 10:33 AM.


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Posted 14 December 2007 - 01:08 PM

Download AutoRuns
  • Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if your not sure how to do this.)
  • Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
  • Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
  • When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
  • Scroll through the list and look for any startup entry related to antivirusmanager.exe.
  • Right-click on the entry and choose delete.
Please download OTMoveIt by OldTimer and save to your Desktop.
  • Double-click on OTMoveIt.exe to launch the program.
  • Copy the file(s)/folder(s) paths listed below - highlight everything in red and press CTRL+C or right-click and choose Copy.

c:\windows\antivirusmanager.exe

  • Then in OTMoveIt, right-click in the open text box labeled "Paste List of Files/Folders to be Moved" and choose Paste.
  • Click the red MoveIt! button.
  • The list will be processed and the results for each line will be displayed in the right-hand pane.
  • Highlight everything in the Results window, press CTRL+C or right-click, choose Copy, right-click again and Paste it in your next reply.
  • Click Exit when done.
  • A log of the results is automatically created and saved to C:\_OTMoveIt\MovedFiles \mmddyyyy_hhmmss.log <- the date/time the tool was run.
  • Please copy/paste the contents of that log in your next reply.
-- Note: If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot your computer in order to finish the move process.
If asked to reboot, choose Yes.


Caution: Be careful of what you copy and paste with this tool. OTMoveIt is a powerful program, designed to move highly persistent files and folders. Not following the directions as instructed or using incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system.


Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. DO NOT use yet.
Please download and install SUPERAntiSpyware Free
  • Double-click SUPERAntiSypware.exe and use the default settings for installation.
  • An icon will be created on your desktop. Double-click that icon to launch the program.
  • If asked to update the program definitions, click "Yes". If not, update the definitions before scanning by selecting "Check for Updates". (If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.)
  • Under the "Configuration and Preferences", click the Preferences... button.
  • Click the "General and Startup" tab, and under Start-up Options, make sure "Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts" box is unchecked.
  • Click the "Scanning Control" tab, and under Scanner Options, make sure the following are checked (leave all others unchecked):
    • Close browsers before scanning.
    • Scan for tracking cookies.
    • Terminate memory threats before quarantining.
  • Click the "Close" button to leave the control center screen and exit the program.
  • Do not run a scan just yet.
Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".

Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Note: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty "Windows Temp" ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".

Scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as follows:
  • Launch the program and back on the main screen, under "Scan for Harmful Software" click Scan your computer.
  • On the left, make sure you check C:\Fixed Drive.
  • On the right, under "Complete Scan", choose Perform Complete Scan and click "Next".
  • After the scan is complete, a Scan Summary box will appear with potentially harmful items that were detected. Click "OK".
  • Make sure everything has a checkmark next to it and click "Next".
  • A notification will appear that "Quarantine and Removal is Complete". Click "OK" and then click the "Finish" button to return to the main menu.
  • If asked if you want to reboot, click "Yes" and reboot normally.
  • To retrieve the removal information after reboot, launch SUPERAntispyware again.
    • Click Preferences, then click the Statistics/Logs tab.
    • Under Scanner Logs, double-click SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log.
    • If there are several logs, click the current dated log and press View log. A text file will open in your default text editor.
    • Please copy and paste the Scan Log results in your next reply.
  • Click Close to exit the program.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 02:23 PM

Doing a google search for "antivirusmanager.exe" brings up numerous hits and none of them good. You may want to do a search yourself and follow some of the links to read about and get informed on this malware and on how to remove and fix your problem. Here is just one sample of what I got from one of the hits on it, this one from Prevx:

ANTIVIRUSMANAGER.EXE
AUTOMATED MALWARE PROFILE, ANALYSIS, REMOVAL AND SIGNATURE INFORMATION:
DEFINITION OF: ANTIVIRUSMANAGER.EXE
Safety Rating: Known Malware, do not run
Malware Family: Part of Malware group - Covert Sys Exec
Determination: Automatically determined using Prevx centralized heuristics
Malware Form: EXPLOIT
Protection: Prevx provides powerful security products that you can use to detect, remove and protect you from ANTIVIRUSMANAGER.EXE and safeguard your PC against viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, rootkits and adware
Why risk having spyware on your PC when it takes less than 2 minutes to thoroughly check it with Prevx CSI? And it is totally free. Click here to check your PC with Prevx CSI Now.
First seen: Jul 15 2006 (GMT)
Last seen: Jul 15 2006 (GMT)
File Size: 76,288 bytes

Good luck to you and hope you get clean...best to you...

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 04:03 PM

Yes it is malware. I found the same info but forgot to mention that in my reply.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:41 AM

Thanks for your replies.....
Seems like a lot of steps - is there no easier way to get rid of this??

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:51 AM

Those are the steps I recommend. Often when infected by one type of malware, other bad files are also installed on a system which may have not been detected by your initial scan. Thats why I'm asking you to download and run ATFCleaner and SAS after removing antivirusmanager.exe.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:10 AM

OK - thank you very much. I will give it a try.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:12 AM

Not a problem. Post back with the results or if you encounter any problems.
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